Andy May is a soft-spoken man who calls children “youngsters” and adults “folks.” His talent as a musician and teacher is undisputed, but he’s likely best known as the founder of the Acoustic Kids Showcase. The showcase is a non-competitive “Opry-style” performance program that allows musicians  and younger to perform on professional stages at festivals around the country.
We arrived in Stockholm on Monday, October 3. On Tuesday, Lauren and I took the subway across town to find Izzy Young at Folklore Centrum. Folks were friendly and pointed us in the right direction to find Wallmar Yx Kullsgatan 2bv. When we arrived, I looked through the big, glass, street-level store window, and there was Izzy – now in his late 80s, but very much the same as ever. I had not seen him in 46 years! ⇨ Read more
Nashville, TN. September 11, 2016. Instrument demonstration: Djembe and Guitar. Kenny and Andy played several selections from Andy’s CD Room for Roots (on which Kenny played) and took questions from the audience in this informal workshop. Kenny’s drums were tuned to E, G, A, B, and C, and he demonstrated playing melodies and harmonies on them using both muffled and unmuffled tones. Then… ⇨ Read more
Andy has a remarkable ability to make kids feel welcomed and valued as a person and musical contributors. I’m so glad Acoustic Kids has stayed involved in the community, because not only does it give all these kids good memories, but as they grow up, they’ll remember that their contribution is important. – Sara Watkins (Website) ⇨ Read more
We recently uncovered this gem in our archives! 1993 was was the first of several years that Nickel Creek (Chris Thile, Sean Watkins, Sara Watkins, and, then, Scott Thile on bass) was a part of the showcases. This article was written by Andy for the “Walnut Valley Occasional,” the festival newspaper.